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- We update these resources throughout the year, including a range of toolkits – designed for different parts of the application process, or to support specific groups of applicants.
- We also send adviser newsletters to registered UCAS centres, which keep you up-to-date with anything new.
The UCAS widget
We've created a widget for you to place on your website or Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), to direct your students and their parents to key information on ucas.com.
- UCAS Adviser Guide 2016
- UCAS Adviser Guide 2017 (1.46 MB)
- Application flowchart for advisers (46.63 KB)
- Example applicant letters – sent to undergraduate applicants throughout the year.
Qualification Information Profiles (QIPs)
These include 2016 updates to our UK benchmark, EU and international 2015 QIPs, previously published as PDFs, and additional UK, EU and international qualifications. The new UK QIPs are mainly for vocational qualifications, reflecting the changes triggered in this area by the DfE performance measures. We’ve also included high priority Level 1/2 qualifications, such as current GCSEs and reformed GCSEs, for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
QIPs provide objective, comparable information about qualifications which providers can use to inform decisions about the admission of students. They include a range of information such as size, grading, assessment, structure and content.
For reference purposes, the 2015 EU and international qualifications version remains available in PDF format:
- UCAS Qualifications Information Profiles (QIPs) for EU and international qualifications – updated for 2015
Our 2015 Apprenticeship and Access to HE QIPs will be moved to digital at a later stage and remain available in PDF format:
- Apprenticeship Qualification Information Profiles 2015 – updated for 2015
- UCAS Qualification Information Profiles (QIPs) for Access to HE Diploma and Scottish Wider Access Programme (SWAP) – updated for 2015
The QIPs replace the Qualification Guides, which UCAS used to publish. The QIPs provide information in a format agreed with universities. They help to provide information in a clear and consistent format across different qualifications. We have a project to add regulated qualifications, which were previously in the Qualification Guides, into the new QIP format. We are also digitalising our QIPs to make them more accessible electronically, so that they are user-friendly and efficient to update. Please see our QIPs document (117.54 KB) for more information.
Education Information Profiles (EIPs)
The aim of Education Information Profiles (EIPs) is to provide objective information, on the basis of which providers can make informed decisions about the admission of UK students.
UCAS will consider submissions for an EIP for any assessed programme followed by UK students, which is not externally accredited to any of the regulatory frameworks in place in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.
EIPs are intended to provide information about programmes which do not attract Tariff points.
Such programmes can take a range of forms, but most are likely to fall into one of the following categories.
- Programmes which are used in place of externally accredited qualifications.
- Enrichment or enhancement programmes which contain accredited qualifications.
- Enrichment or enhancement programmes which do not contain accredited qualifications.
View some EIPs:
- EIP - Jersey College for Girls (298.18 KB)
- EIP - Kingswood School, Bath (298.55 KB)
- EIP - Newcastle Sixth Form College (235.45 KB)
- EIP - Sevenoaks School (255.83 KB)
- Pre-application toolkit – this will help you introduce higher education to your students, and help you to explain how they go about making an application.
- Confirmation and Clearing toolkit – everything you need to explain Confirmation, Clearing and Adjustment to your students.
- Application toolkit – all the information you need to submit applications on the behalf of your students.
- International toolkit – useful for student advisers worldwide and international officers in UK higher education.
- Extra toolkit – all you need to know about Extra, to advise your students and their parents.
- Supporting care leavers toolkit – this will help you understand what support is available to care leavers and how they can get information and advice when applying to higher education.
There’s also a Parents' evening presentation – you can use this to explain higher education applications at parents’ evenings.
Handouts for your students and their parents
- Undergraduate application flowchart – useful to have displayed on the wall, or as a handout.
- Applying to uni handout– an overview of the application process.
- Extra poster (A3)– a poster to explain to your students what Extra is and how it works.
- Hints and tips leaflet for parents– a handout for Year 12 parents' evenings.
- Open days poster (A3)– hints and tips to prepare for open days.
- Reply deadlines poster (A3)– deadlines for your students to reply to their offers.
- The Little Guide 2016 or the Little Guide 2017
- Parent Guide 2016 or the Parent Guide 2017
(The Little Guide and Parent Guide are now only available as PDFs.)
Subscribe to Adviser Track to keep up-to-date with your students’ progress, so you can give them the best advice at the relevant point in the application cycle.
We offer a range of training sessions and presentations for new and experienced teachers and advisers.
They provide excellent opportunities to get in-depth information about the UK higher education application process.
The Go International website aims to support UK higher education by providing the latest policy, research, statistics, case studies and opportunities for study and work abroad. It also contains information on the benefits of international experience, as well as guidance on sources of funding.
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